Happy Friday everyone! A nice, long weekend lies ahead with a lot of things to do. Whether you plan to go join the crowds at one of the many festivals or lay low away from the masses, why not consider going out to hear some music? Here’s my shortlist for the weekend:
Ester Of Ashland: Straightforwardly, I am not a follower of folk or country music and Ester of Ashland know it. They’re my friends and honestly I hadn’t listened to their CD until just recently. And they know that too. Folk is just not my genre of choice. They are clearly the exception to my usual musical taste. Sarah Holtschlag and Curtis Evans put forth music that will put a smile on your face with surprisingly resonant, seasoned vocals. I just love to hear them sing. Maybe for me it was the lyrics from the last track on the CD, “Go Ahead Try To Kill Me, I’ll Kill You First” – …I’ve got your mother on the line. I’m gonna tell her about all of your porn. You’ll be sorry you were born… See them in Rogers Park this Friday at the Red Line Tap.
- Friday, May 23
- Ester of Ashland play the Red Line Tap (part of the Heartland Cafe)
- 7000 N. Glenwood (map)
Snowden: Out of Georgia come Snowden, a melodius post punk quartet. I first heard them last year, though they’ve been around for the last 5 years opening for bands such as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Arcade Fire. Now on Jade Tree Records with the album Anit-Anti, Snowden finally arrive in Chicago. Check out the track “Anti-Anti” and more from Snowden here.
Take The Decks – Midwest Quick Mix Contest: If none of the above suit you, how about some vinyl? At 773 Studio expect some great local talent and a lot of wax. This vinyl only event will have the winner taking home two Technics turntables. It will be a good opportunity for you closet DJ’s to come out and compete. DJ Magneto, Marco Morales, and DJ Oam will make guest appearances and judge the final contestants.
- Friday, May 23
- Take The Decks at 773 Studio
- 1030 N. Milwaukee (map)
The Long Blondes: From their Myspace page under Sounds Like - “Look at us, we used to rip off The Fall. We rip off Eno now and sing like Jerry Hall”. Out of the U.K. on Rough Trade Records, this band has heavy 80’s influences, but in a good way. Referencing The Fall caught my attention and I love Eno. Think a little Siouxsie & the Banshees with a bit of electronica and guitars and bass that keep it edgy. By the way, it doesn’t appear that there are any blonds in this band. I’m not a music critic or a reviewer, so work with me here…
Miles Maeda: Miles Maeda spins house and downtempo at Smartbar for some late-night sounds. Miles was one of Chicago’s pioneers of the 90’s club scene and has put forth great work ever since. Residing now in San Diego – he moved there the year I moved from L.A. to Chicago – Miles is one of Smartbar’s resident DJ’s along with DJ Heather, Kaskade and a host of other great DJ’s. This is an opportunity to hear what Miles is up to lately. Word has it that Derrick Carter and Kaskade, among others, will have releases on Miles’ label, Biopsa.
Maritime: I learned of Maritime accidentally as an Emusic free download. Out of about 10 free songs from an assortment of artists, Maritime’s song “Guns of Navarrone” caught my attention. Surprise, surprise – the band is from Milwaukee and they’re at the Double Door on Sunday headlining a free show. I won’t make an amateur attempt at a music review here, but the best I can tell you is that Martime reminds me of a cross between early Bare Naked Ladies (in terms of catchy lyrics) and a more rockin’ version of Weezer minus the teen-pop feel. Have a listen and go to the show – its free, so what do you have to lose?
If you have any suggestions for Monday leave a comment. I’d be happy to see suggestions.